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November 5, 2013

Local fire district annexations pass

But voters in one proposed annexation area split on accepting existing debt

From Staff and Wire Reports

Two elections calling for emergency district annexations passed overwhelmingly, though voters in one of the proposed annexation areas split on whether to accepting that district's existing debt.

The annexation vote of ESD No. 7 to bring areas of Cool and Garner into the Millsap-Greenwood fire district passed easily, with 79.5 percent of 288 ballots in the proposed annexation approving along with 80 percent of the 360 ballots within the existing district's boundaries also in support. Likewise, the questions put to voters in both areas on the acceptance of the district's existing debt passed by similar margins.

In the ESD No. 3 annexation to bring in a portion of Annetta North territory, 81 percent of the 407 ballots counted in the district's current boundary and 83 percent of the 24 ballots in support of the annexation. On the question of accepting the district's current debt, 81 percent of the voters in the existing district voted in favor, while the 24 voters in the Annetta North area proposed for annexation split on that question, 12-12, with one under ballot not counted.

Across the county, the Parker County Elections Office reported 6,243 ballots cast overall. Of those, 2,194, or about one-third, were cast during the early voting period.

Statewide, Texans approved dedicating $2 billion to the state water plan on Tuesday in the first  election where officials checked voters' photo IDs.

Early voting was nearly double what it was two years ago, prompting Republican officials to declare concerns about the voter ID requirement were overblown. Despite those figures, only about 1 million out of 13.4 million Texas voters were expected to cast their ballot.

Voters overwhelmingly approved nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, including the water measure, an expansion of reverse mortgages, and tax credits for disabled veterans and the surviving spouses of veterans killed in the line of duty.

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